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Lawsuit Claiming Heavy Metals in Baby Food Are Causing Autism and ADHD Given Green...

•, By Ethan Huff

Judge Amy D. Hogue for the Superior Court of the State of California has ruled that plaintiffs in a case against baby food manufacturers have provided enough valid evidence to argue that baby food products can cause autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

The ruling is a response to a lawsuit filed back in September by the parents of Noah Cantabrana, who is now eight, alleging that Noah developed both autism and ADHD after consuming baby food products from the following companies:

Beech-Nut Nutrition Company

Gerber Products Company

Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (Earth's Best Organic)

Nurture, Inc. (Happy Family Organics and Happy Baby)

Plum, PMC (Plum Organics)

Sprout Foods, Inc. (Sprout Organic Food)

Walmart – Parent's Choice

The legal filing claims that all of these baby food manufacturers knew that their products contained high levels of heavy metals when they sold them to parents like those of little Noah, who is now damaged.

The Cantabrana family's case represents the first personal injury lawsuit related to heavy metals in baby foods in California. It is the first case of its kind in the entire country to proceed to trial. (Related: There have been lawsuits in the past alleging lead in baby food products.)